In this section, we’ve posted the organizational issues brought forward during the “group format & structure” portion of our monthly meetings. Here we discuss the direction of New Landscape and the nuts-and-bolts of keeping it going. Some members wish their names to be used in the write-ups; some prefer to be mentioned by initials only. We have honored their preferences. Anyone wishing to comment on the issues in these notes may send feedback by email. Your comments/ideas will be discussed at one of our future meetings.
Most Recent Business
1) We talked about our currently absent supporters group. In order to
have a group there has to be a supporter or 2 willing to take it on.
2) An interest in more social and/or group help activities for the NL
group was expressed. There must be someone who is willing to take it on
and lead in order for more to happen. We discussed how unique our group
is and how far many of us come in order to meet just once a month.
Limitations that make more meetings tough include such things as distance,
ability to travel/drive, safe and neutral locations, cost of any
locations, mental capacity to handle more. We will discuss more next
* Book Suggestions
– “Treating DID: The Power of the Collective Heart”
– “Telling without Talking: Art Therapy as a Window into Multiple Personality Disorder”
* Resources Page – We discussed adding a “Resources” section to our site for resources that we feel are good/useful
* Enter the Survivor’s Art Show!!! – Website: http://www.fegs.org/fegsenews/enews2010/0721
SASS ART SHOW
A Path to Healing from Sexual Abuse & Family Violence
October 20-22, 2010
SUNY Stony Brook
The 19th Annual SASS (Sexual Abuse Survivor’s Art Show); The SASS is a multi-dimensional project featuring the art, music, poetry etc. of sexual and domestic violence abuse survivors. The show offers a safe space for survivors to exhibit the creative works they have completed as a part of the healing process and provides a culturally and socially enriching experience for the public. Now in its nineteenth year, SASS is an annual showcase of the healing power of art for survivors of abuse and is implemented through FEGS – L.I.F.E (Living in Fair Environments) Programs. In the past we’ve been fortunate to display artwork from all over the world. For any questions, please feel free to contact me (Holly Beck) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-691-7080 x302. For artists’ agreement please see our website: http://sass.fegs.org or if you have any questions please contact me.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR ARTISTS…
The Sexual Abuse Survivors’ Show (SASS) is a multi-dimensional project featuring the artistic expression
of sexual abuse and domestic violence survivors. This show offers a safe space for survivors to exhibit their creative work. Additionally, the show provides a culturally and socially enriching experience for the public.
1) Guidelines Wording Change – Instead of saying in our meeting guidelines, “This is a peer-led support group for people who are healing from DID/MPD or another dissociative disorder”, we changed it to, “This is a peer-led support group for people who have DID/MPD or another dissociative disorder.” After some discussion we decided this was more appropriate since DID/MPD is a result of abuse. In and of itself, DID/MPD is not the biggest problem. Though it obviously can feel like it is, or appear to be the biggest problem, especially early on in recovery. Ultimately a person may become a very co-conscious/aware/cooperative DID/MPD person who is quite functional in their life, and very healed from abuse.
2) Art Show – One of our members will be displaying her art on Monday, May 24th @ 6pm in Connecticut.
AN INCEST SURVIVOR’S ART EXHIBIT AND PRESENTATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT AT STAMFORD
A FRANK SHARING OF BOTH HER ART AND HER RECOVERY PROCESS BY THE ARTIST FRAN RYAN
IT IS RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED, THAT YOU VIEW THE WORK BEFORE THE PRESENTATION. YOU MAY CALL THE CENTER FOR WOMEN’S STUDIES AT 203-251-8411 FOR THE OPEN HOURS, OR TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.
PAPER WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE EXHIBIT SO QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS CAN BE SUBMITTED ANONYMOUSLY BEFORE THE PRESENTATION.
THE PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD –
PLACE: CENTER FOR WOMEN’S STUDIES, ROOM 311
DATE: Monday, May 24, 2010
TIME: 6:00 P.M.
THE EXHIBIT IS OPEN FOR VIEWING FROM:
TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010 THROUGH MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010
IT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL PROFESSOR MORGAN CRAMER AT 203-251-8412
DIRECTIONS: I-95 NORTH TO EXIT 7 (GREENWICH AVENUE). AT SECOND TRAFFIC LIGHT MAKE A LEFT ONTO WASHINGTON BLVD.. TRAVEL TO THE FIFTH TRAFFIC LIGHT, THE UNIVERSITY OF CONN. WILL BE ON YOUR RIGHT. THERE IS METERED PARKING ON LOCAL STREETS AND AN INDOOR PARKING GARAGE ACROSS FROM THE COLLEGE ON WASHINGTON BLVD.
DID/MPD Site of Interest – Check out one of our member’s websites for more information on DID: http://www.copingincrazyville.com
DID/MPD Workbook Collaboration – If anyone is interested in collaborating on an MPD/DID workbook contact email@example.com for further information. We want to come up with several tools for coping with all kinds of DID issues: healing from trauma, coping with the needs of different parts, organizing our lives, finding ways to be less isolated, etc.
This group is not run by New Landscape.
DID/MPD Workshop – Thursday, Feb. 19th 6-8pm at Cosi Coffee, 498 7th Ave., New York, NY. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
This group is not run by New Landscape.
The DID/MPD Workshop is a self-help group for people coping with DID/MPD, multiplicity, or dissociation. We will pool our knowledge on healing from trauma, coping with the needs of different parts, organizing our lives, and finding ways to be less isolated. This group is for anyone who has a dissociative disorder or identifies as multiple.
You do not have to be officially diagnosed as a multiple, or be in therapy. But your system must be stable enough to follow basic group guidelines during meetings.
1) DID/MPD Workshop – Thursday, Jan. 15th 7-9pm at The Center on 208 W 13th St.
This group is not part of New Landscape. It will be focused on discussing coping skills for DID/MPD, will be less formal than the NL format, and may include more social activities as well. People with DID/MPD are welcome to come and/or for more information contact email@example.com
2) “C” moderated the meeting and “F” timed
1) DID Documentary Project by Dr. Kaplan
Dr. Peter Kaplan is working on creating a DID Documentary. He is not affiliated with NL, but contacted our group to see if any DID individuals would be interested in contributing to his work. Please contact him if you are interested in contributing. See his letter and contact info below:
My name is Peter Kaplan and I am a psychologist and documentary filmmaker. I am planning to make a film on D.I.D., and would like to see if your organization can help.
Media portrayals of D.I.D. have for too long been sensationalistic, wildly inaccurate, and exploitive. I would like to contribute to changing that by making a sensitive, thoughtful and informative film that communicates to the public the realities of the condition.
Would people from your organization be available to speak over the phone with me sometime in the near future?
Dr. Peter Kaplan
2) Advertising NL
NL no longer seems to have an ad in Many Voices, so “JA” agreed to send them our information again.
We also discussed figuring out ways of getting information out about NL, since if 1% of the population has DID (these numbers are seen consistently), then there are 80,000 people in NYC alone who would be eligible to come, and it seems unlikely that they just aren’t interested in NL. We agreed that just putting out information about the website is ok; we didn’t discuss doing anything further, other than individuals making a concerted effort to put our name in as many places as we can – especially online (forums and such).